Great Big Walk Day 19: To Olangchun Gola (3191m)

To Olangchun Gola (3191m)

A relatively short day to Olangchun Gola. Olangchun Gola is one of the most important
centres for trade between Nepal and Tibet in this region. Most commonly exports to Tibet include grain, sugar, cigarettes and cotton thread which are exchanged for Tibetan salt, carpets and wool.

Quote for the Day

[Walking] is the perfect way of moving if you want to see into the life of things. It is the one way of freedom. If you go to a place on anything but your own feet you are taken there too fast, and miss a thousand delicate joys that were waiting for you by the wayside.
Elizabeth von Arnim

Did You Know?

There are approximately 15,000 glaciers located in the Himalaya region.

Find Your Fit Fact

Another problem many walkers face is not wearing the right clothing to be out walking in. You should dress in layers and be wearing clothes that are comfortable to move in. The inner layer should be made of merino wool or a synthetic fabric like Coolmax and not cotton because cotton sticks to your skin when you sweat.

Activity Suggestion: Sherpa Walk

Teach the students the meaning of the word “Sherpa.” Tell them that the word Sherpa comes from the cultural group of  people in Nepal who are known to place a high respect and value on the high mountain peaks of the Himalayas, believing the mountains to be “The Homes of the Gods.” Tell the students that the Sherpa people evolved into expedition helpers because they have deep knowledge about the mountains and how to climb them. Tell the students that in order to take on the great challenges of climbing the world’s highest mountains, climbers need to rely on a Sherpa(s) for help and thus they trust them with their life.

Set out an obstacle course around the gymnasium using chairs, benches, gymnastics equipment, etc. and have the students form a human train by placing their hands on the shoulders of their friend in front of them. Everyone is to be blindfolded except the chosen Sherpa who is at the front of the line and must safely lead the group through the obstacle course to the mountain peak. Note: Keep in mind the age group of the class and adjust your obstacle courses accordingly to ensure minimum risks while still keeping it interesting and fun for the students.

Stress to the students that teamwork and relaying communication from the Sherpa will be absolutely crucial to achieving their goal of reaching the mountain top. Give them an example such as if they have to climb up and down on a chair, the Sherpa would tell the person behind that they are now approaching a chair and they must be ready to step up and back down safely. That person would then relay the message to the next person, and so on. The Sherpa can of course, yell out important warnings and/or other communication to the entire group as well, but the human train must remain together and cannot be broken at any point!

 

 

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